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post #1 of 12 Old 05-23-2009, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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Ring Around the Rosy

I found this really interesting fact about the nursery rhyme "Ring Around the Rosy."

I was watching "A Haunting" and one of the people on it mentioned that this nursery rhyme was about death. I thought that was interesting but didn't think much of it until someone mentioned it had to do with the Black Plague( Bubonic Plague, Black Death, whatever you want to call it). It was made during the time that the Black Plague was terrorizing Europe. This is the meaning behind every verse.

Ring around the Rosy
One of the first visible signs of infection were red rings surrounding a rosy bump, all over the victim's body.
Pocket full of Posy
A common belief of the time was that the plague was borne on "foul air." The rationale was that people could protect themselves from the bad air by keeping their local air smelling sweet. That, and it also helped them deal with the smell of death...
On the other hand, another sign of infection was the foul stench that would begin to emanate from the victim's body as their lymph system began filling with blood. Those still mobile endeavored to mask their stench and avoid detection by carrying flowers on their person.
Ashes, Ashes,
In the terminal phases of the disease, victims would be hemorrhaging internally, sometimes triggering sneezing as it irritated the breathing passages. "Ashes" is a child's approximation of a paroxysm of sneezing. In this weakened state, a victim could, and often did, sneeze their lungs out. Messy...
or the fact that they burned the bodies.
We all Fall Down
By now, this one should need little explanation...

"And somewhere in the northwoods darkness a creature walks upright. And the best advice you may ever get is: Don't go out at night..."
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post #2 of 12 Old 05-23-2009, 12:24 PM
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Wow, that's interesting .

I love all kind of cultural stuff.

"On hyviä vuosia, kauniita muistoja, mutta kuitenkaan, en saata unohtaa,
Että koskaan en ole yksin, varjo seuraa onneain.
Vaikka myrsky hetkeksi tyyntyykin, varjo seuraa onneain.
Ja pian taas uusin hönkäyksin, varjo seuraa onneain.
Hei tuu mun luo, pieneksi hetkeksi. Puhutaan, varjoni, valkoiseksi enkeliksi."

Pelle Miljoona Oy - Varjo seuraa onneain

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Yeah, I was watching the History Channel about the Bubonic Plague and they were talking about the Nursery Rhyme Ring Around The Rosie being about the Bubonic Plague.

I found it very fascinating.

If you look at Nursery Rhymes, many of them are warped.....
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My teacher told me that, ti is kinda weird because there is 5 y.o children singing about death.
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I remember singing that in preschool. And doing the dance to it.

"And somewhere in the northwoods darkness a creature walks upright. And the best advice you may ever get is: Don't go out at night..."
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most nursing eythems are litle history lessons or based on history, Mary Mary is based on Queen Mary, Three men in a tubwas based on three men and the Royal Navy during the 18th century I think.

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My social studies teacher told us that its really weird
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I read a book called 'year of wonders' which documents a village that self-quarantined itself when the plague struck. Really good book, and it hasd the nursury rhyme in it.

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It's so interesting to hear the history behind some of our songs, and stories that are passed on from generation to generation.

Thanks for sharing!
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We started to talk over that with my friend one day.

That's interesting to know about the rhyme: snopes.com: Ring Around the Rosie

"On hyviä vuosia, kauniita muistoja, mutta kuitenkaan, en saata unohtaa,
Että koskaan en ole yksin, varjo seuraa onneain.
Vaikka myrsky hetkeksi tyyntyykin, varjo seuraa onneain.
Ja pian taas uusin hönkäyksin, varjo seuraa onneain.
Hei tuu mun luo, pieneksi hetkeksi. Puhutaan, varjoni, valkoiseksi enkeliksi."

Pelle Miljoona Oy - Varjo seuraa onneain

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